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Whether you believe it or not, soda can harm your smile if you’re not careful. It can create enamel erosion and tooth decay, which are two dental issues that can result in major complications, like tooth sensitivity and tooth extraction. So, it’s best to care for your smile as much as possible so you don’t have to face these consequences. To help you do so, our dental team encourages you to do the following things:

-Drink healthier drinks: It’s best that you start drinking healthier, sugar-free beverages rather than soda. Some drink options to choose from are milk, 100 percent fruit juices, and water. If you drink a beverage that has less sugar and acid, your smile is much better off.

-Rinse your mouth: After you drink soda, rinse your mouth with water. Doing so will help you constantly clean your teeth and wash away the harmful substances that cling to them.

-Clean your smile: Oral hygiene is important, especially if you are a soda drinker. So, make sure you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Do so with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. It’s also strongly recommended that you floss your smile once a day and rinse your mouth with fluoride mouthwash daily.

-Use professional fluoride treatments: Professional fluoride treatments are beneficial because they give your smile the minerals it needs in a short amount of time. The treatments are provided at the dental office and they generally come in the form of a gel, varnish, or foam.

If you do these four things, you are on the right track toward a strong, successful, and healthy smile in Ann Arbor, Michigan. For more information about soda, enamel erosion, and tooth decay, call 734.668.6612 now and talk to a member of our dental team! We are here to help you in any way we can, and we encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Kimberlee J. Karey, if you are currently suffering from tooth decay or sensitivity. We look forward to helping you!